Jorge Jesus spares Otamendi from the Portugal Cup game due to the violent assault. “Nico is super scared”
Benfica coach Jorge Jesus reacted this Tuesday to the violent assault that yesterday involved the player Otamendi and his family, by admitting that the defender is “super scared” and that he will not be called up for the game against Sporting da Covilhã for the Portuguese Cup tomorrow.
For the eagle technician, what happened to Otamendi is a sign that the safety window “needs to have more authority, more power”, noting the loss of the sense of authority.
“A lot is happening in Europe, mainly. In France, England, a lot, in Portugal not so much. For me we have to look at the signs a lot. I think that in our society, talking about Portugal, the authorities need to have more authority , more power. Today, any police who work in defense of the citizen, in defense of a moment, take a photograph of him, put him in a disciplinary process, fire him. This, in my opinion, is not a way to lead from a country. I think we are losing some authority, “pointed Jorge Jesus.
The coach believes that this is not an isolated case and that this situation can happen again, both a player and a coach, especially from a more renowned club. “It was a different case, but there could be more Nicos out there. We knew because it was with Otamendi, he’s a Benfica player and everyone knew, and I hope that later we don’t have to talk to another player or coach, he’s Benfica , FC Porto or Sporting that was robbed, kidnapped “, he pointed out.
According to the coach, Otamendi is still disturbed with the success and therefore will spare him in the match against Sporting da Covilhã, which takes place tomorrow, for the Cup of Portugal. “Nico is super scared, as is normal, and now we have to try to recover. I won’t even take him to the game. Life goes on, but it can happen more often,” said Jesus.
After traveling to Famalicão for the championship, Otamendi was the victim of robbery and aggression in his home, located in Herdade da Aroeira, in the municipality of Seixal. Burglars need to get away with watches and jewelry that belonged to the athlete and the woman. The authorities are in charge of the case, as it is a violent assault.